Pope advances sainthood causes for Fr. Tolton, Spanish martyrs

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of Father Augustus Tolton, a former Missouri slave who was the first African American diocesan priest in the United States and founder of the first black Catholic parish in Chicago. Signing decrees issued by the Congregation for Saints’ Causes June 11, Pope Francis also formally recognized the martyrdom of…

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Parishes receive grants to assist local needy families

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY – Parishes assisting families displaced by a fire, the homeless, the hungry, babies and children will receive a total of $25,000 from Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNM) this year. The Charity and Mercy Grant Award program is designed to expand the capacity of a parish or related entity, explained CCNM’s…

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Solemnity of Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ June 23

Sunday, June 23, is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as “Corpus Christi.” Several parishes throughout the Jefferson City diocese have planned outdoor processions of the Most Blessed Sacrament to mark the feast day and give public witness to their worship of Christ in His Most Blessed Sacrament.…

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June 17, 2019

Bishop’s message Last week the US Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Baltimore for their spring General Assembly. You can read my reflection on our efforts to strengthen the accountability of bishops regarding abuse of power. The USCCB has also prepared resources to answer some fundamental questions on how we will be implementing Pope Francis’…

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ICE CREAM SOCIAL

St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 19, from 11 AM to 6:30 PM, in the St. Joseph Cathedral Undercroft. Ice cream and cake- $3. Proceeds benefit Patient Care Services at the hospital. Join them for a lunch or dinner too! A variety of menu options are available! SSM…

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Affirming the bishops’ commitment

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight I am returning to our Diocese believing the bishops of the United States have done the right thing in their work this week to make us more accountable to the lay faithful and priests. We had a robust discussion regarding how to strengthen our response to Pope Francis’ document, Vos Estis…

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Why are we doing that? How data is informing our decision making.

Some companies tout they are “data-driven.” I prefer the term “data-informed.” Knowing what people are doing helps us in answering the next question, which is “Why are they doing that?” But if we only look at the data, sometimes we neglect to ask the bigger question of “Why?” For instance, in 2012 the Center for…

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People affected by tornadoes benefit from a Folk Lenten project

A Lenten project at St. Anthony of Padua parish in Folk is giving some Easter hope to people affected by recent disasters. Between Ash Wednesday and Easter, children of the St. Anthony Parish School of Religion (PSR) collected items such as toiletries, water, adhesive bandages, combs, treats, protein bars and other items to assemble into…

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